Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

The New York Times & CBS Feature New Art Installation at CIA

"Gastrotypographicalassemblage" is a 33-foot-wide, eight-foot-tall, three-dimensional mural that hung in the CBS cafeteria from the 1960s through 1980s, where only the company’s employees could appreciate it. Lou's WallAfter being saved from the trash heap in 1989, the piece had no home—until now. The 1,650 individual letters spelling out culinary expressions and 65 food-related objects that make up this unique artwork are now on display in the new Marriott Pavilion on the CIA's Hyde Park campus.

The work was the brainchild of legendary CBS Art Director Lou Dorfsman, and is affectionately known as "Lou's Wall." The twists and turns of how Lou's Wall found its way to the CIA to be put on public display for the first time ever has been the subject of feature stories by CBS This Morning and The New York Times, where “Building Blocks” columnist David W. Dunlop called it "the perfect backdrop for commencement snapshots." 

Commencement ceremonies, industry leadership conferences, lectures by luminaries of the food world, and other special events are held in the Marriott Pavilion, which opened in March and was dedicated on May 1.

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